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September 2010Vol 1, Issue 11

Afterschool ActionNJ Afterschool Action
News, Policy and Research from NJSACC

Welcome to NJ Afterschool Action!
Welcome back!  NJ Afterschool Action took a break in August, but now as we enter the busy month of September, I am pleased to bring you another edition of our newsletter.  I am also pleased to announce that the C.S. Mott Foundation has awarded our statewide network an Achievement grant!  This grant will support a major initiative to develop and implement NJ's first set of Quality Standards for Afterschool as well as other projects.  We are launching this initiative with some roundtable events next week and I encourage to attend if possible.  Registration is available by clicking here and more information can be found below.  For those who cannot attend, there will be other ways to participate including a "virtual roundtable"  in October.  Details to follow shortly!  We want to hear your thoughts and ideas throughout this process, so please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Read. Learn. Get involved. Together we can make a difference.
Diane Genco
New Initiative: Quality Standards for Afterschool
With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, NJSACC is launching a new initiative to develop NJ's first Quality Standards.  Please join NJSACC at a roundtable discussion on improving quality in afterschool and summer programs through expanded learning opportunities. 

Click here to RSVP

The roundtables will be on the following dates/locations:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 10am-12:30pm at the Haddon Fortnightly Women's Club in Haddonfield, NJ
(301 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033)

Friday, September 24, 2010 from 10am-12:30pm at the First Baptist Church in Westfield, NJ
(170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090)

Please note that we will begin these roundtable discussions promptly at 10am.  Coffee and light refreshments will be available beginning at 9:30am. 

Click here to RSVP

If you cannot attend these events, there will be other ways to participate beginning next month. 
  • Webinar:  details on this "virtual roundtable" will be released shortly.
  • Online:  we will be launching a new page on our website dedicated to this project.
Registration Opens for "Building Connections", NJSACC's Annual Afterschool Conference

Click here for more information, including the downloadable brochure and online registration.  Registration will be online only.
New Campaign Shows How Afterschool Programs "Make It Stick"
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has just launched its Make It Stick campaign to spread the idea that when academics are connected to the real world, learning becomes relevant and it sticks.  

What is Make It Stick:
Make it Stick
Make It Stick is a campaign to advance a new vision for education in America that seeks to re-imagine how, when and where young people learn. In this New Day for Learning, education isn't just what happens in school: it's taking place afterschool. In the summer. On the job. In the community. Online. And whether we are teachers, parents, business leaders, members of the community or elected officials, we all have a role to play in learning.

The Make It Stick campaign highlights and supports the critical role that afterschool plays in ensuring that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and the workforce by:
  • Telling stories through videos, blog posts, case studies and other resources from the afterschool community.
  • Providing messaging, research and outreach tools that can help us make the case for expanded learning opportunities.
How We Can Help Make It Stick:

Our stories and resources will help build the Make It Stick community, raise awareness about our great work and help other afterschool leaders across the country make learning stick.

Host the Brain.
Help get the word out by hosting a Make It Stick web button on your web sites.

Be a Fan.
Become fans on Facebook to share stories and connect with other afterschool leaders across the country who make learning stick.

Stick With It.
Sign-up for monthly update.

Visit today to learn and share how when learning is relevant, it sticks!

In This Issue
New Initiatve: Quality Standards for Afterschool
Registration Opens for "Building Connections"
New Campaign Shows How Afterschool Programs "Make it Stick'
Registration Opens for Lights On Afterschool
Ed Reform: A Turning Point for Afterschool
White House Releases Report on STEM Education
Ed Reform: A Turning Point for Afterschool
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Celebrate Lights On Afterschool
Registration is open for the 11th annual Lights On Afterschool on October 21, 2010!

More than one million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool at 7,500+ 21st CCLC participating kidsevents nationwide.  Register now and be part of this important effort to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.

49 events in NJ have been registered -- add your event today!

Click here to access the registration form.
Afterschool In the News
A roundup of articles of interest to NJ's afterschool community. 

New Jersey

"Budget Cuts Force Nonprofit After-School Programs to Charge Fees," The Associated Press


"Census Answers the Question: "Who's Minding the Kids?" Afterschool Snack (blog)

"Old Phones Will Help Soldiers Make Calls," The Democrat Herald

Ed Reform: A Turning Point for Afterschool?
This article originally appeared on the Afterschool Alliance's Afterschool Snack blog. 

It's been a hot, hot summer here on the East Coast. But the sweltering temperature is nothing compared to the heated debate going on all around the country as the Administration and Congress take up serious education reform efforts. A lot of big issues are on the table, including major shifts in funding for afterschool programs as well as what happens after school and in the summer.

Click here to read more
White House Releases Report on STEM Education
The White House released a report today from an advisory panel on new federal steps to advance STEM education.  The report makes many recommendations including utilizing afterschool programs, such as 21st Century Community Learning Centers, to integrate STEM activities into their programs.

The complete report is available here.
An Invitation from New Jersey After 3
A growing body of research suggests that expanding student learning time is an effective strategy for improving student achievement, particularly for low-income students, minority students, and English language learners. Please help transform learning time in New Jersey by registering by Friday September 17th for The New Jersey Expanded Learning Time Summit! Remaining space is limited, and the event is free.
NJ After 3 Summit
Please help transform learning time in New Jersey by participating in The New Jersey Expanded Learning Time Summit!

FEE: Thanks tothe generosity of a number of private investors,there is NO COST to attend!  Remaining Space is limited however, and you must register by Friday, September17th.

WHEN: September 23, Summit: 10am to 3pm / Followed by an optional Networking Reception: 5pm-7-pm

WHERE: PSEG Headquarters (80 Park Place) in Newark, New Jersey (10am-3pm), Networking Reception @ The Newark Club (5pm-7pm)

WHAT: Participants will learn about the importance of expanded learning time as a way to prepare students for success in the 21st century classroom and workplace. Presenters and panelists include local, state and national researchers, policy makers, educators, practitioners and funders. This summit sets the stage for a common vision for future collaboration, leveraging existing and emerging resources for the maximum benefit of students, schools and families.

Click here for more information
Thank you so much for reading this edition of NJ Afterschool Action.  We always want to hear from you, so please send your questions, comments, and ideas to 
Diane Genco
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
This newsletter is a part of the New Jersey Afterschool Network, the policy arm of NJSACC. The Network builds lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership, the network enhances public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers, and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners, and parents, and shares best practices in the field.